The Provision of Anesthesia Services in Rural Hospitals


Key to the ability of rural hospitals to maintain a surgery service is the availability of anesthesia personnel, yet anecdotal evidence indicates that their supply is limited and their salary costs are high. This study surveyed administrators from rural hospitals in Washington and Montana regarding their experience in recruiting and retaining nurse and physician anesthetists. Aspects of anesthesia coverage such as financial arrangements, professionals working at multiple sites, outpatient and inpatient surgery, inter-provider type professional rivalries, and licensure constraints were examined. Funded by HRSA’s ORHP.






Authors Title Type Date Documents/Media
Dunbar PJ, Mayer JD, Fordyce MA Availability of anesthesia personnel in rural Washington and Montana PUBLICATION 03-01-1998 Article
Dunbar P, Mayer JD, Fordyce MA A profile of anesthesia provision in rural Washington and Montana PUBLICATION 05-01-1996